Terms / Policies / Procedures


The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA offers an array of summer day camp experiences guaranteed to meet the needs of all children.  A professionally trained staff dedicates themselves to providing children with top quality programs that focus on developing the whole child. Children will learn to socialize, cooperate, make decisions, build self-esteem, and challenge themselves.  Children love the opportunity to explore unique outdoor experiences and welcome the chance to have control over part of their day.


The Y’s commitment to character development makes it extraordinarily valuable to the communities and people it serves. Building on this commitment and making it part of everyday operations and programming are our challenges.


The mission of the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs and services that promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility for all.


In a challenging world, the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA day camp tries to guide children in making the right decisions, building self-esteem, and displaying empathy and compassion for others. Our staff promises to demonstrate and develop the Four Core Values of the YMCA in all aspects of working with the children, but staff alone cannot make the difference.  A strong partnership between parents and staff, including the support and reinforcement of our values must be present to foster the growth of happy, confident, and caring children. The Y’s commitment to character development makes it valuable to the camp community. Our day camp seeks to promote these core values in every experience and relationship.

  • CARING: To be sensitive to the well-being of others, and to love others.
  • HONESTY: To tell the truth; to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust; to have integrity; and to make sure your choices match your values.
  • RESPECT: To treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: To do what is right, what you ought to do; to be accountable for your behavior and obligations.


Refer to the chart below for the person who can best help you with your camp needs.

Topic Time Frame Point of Contact Contact Information
Camp Information & Availability January 1 – June 1 Camp Director

Assistant Camp Director



June 1 – August 25 Camp Office Administrator camp@lhymca.com
Camp Changes
· Adding or Deleting AM/PM
· Switching sessions
· Cancelling sessions
January 1 – June 1 Camp Director

Assistant Camp Director



June 1 – August 25 Camp Office Administrator camp@lhymca.com
Playerspace Help
·     App Download
·     Finding Schedules
·     Finding Camper Group
June 1 – June 16
10:00 am – 4:00
Camp Office Administrator camp@lhymca.com
During the week of June 19-22 staff will only be available to answer calls and emails regarding camp inquiries between 10 am – 2 pm. No one will be available on Friday June 23.
Bookkeeping Questions
· Billing Questions
· Missing Paperwork & Camp Space
· Payment Plans
· Financial Aid Information
· Tax Statements
· Childcare Flex Spending Statements
January 9 –
August 25
Nancy Dunham
Camp Bookkeeper

Whenever you have questions or concerns related to the camp program, please direct them to the Camp Director or your child’s Activity Leader. Proper action can only be taken when clear communication happens. All phone messages will be answered within 24 hours. Camp Director will return calls between 4:30PM and 5:30PM. If you prefer, you may email us at camp@lhymca.com . If you wish to speak with someone in person, please stop by the camp office between 9:00AM – 4:00PM and we will be happy to assist you.

We will be sending home emails once per week outlining camp happenings that are specific to your camper’s division. Please understand that the emails will be sent to the address that you have provided on your camper’s registration form. These emails will highlight group activities, upcoming events, camper and staff highlights, Big Fun Time, Group Photos, etc.


Lakeland Hills YMCA is excited to announce we’re offering Waldo’s facial recognition powered mobile app this summer! If you download and sign up for this FREE app, you will be able to get pictures of your camper sent straight to your phone!

Day Camp is separated into categories:

  • Junior Boys (1st -3rd grade): Groups in the Junior Boys division have 10 campers and 1 counselor.
  • Junior Girls (1st -3rd grade): Groups in the Junior Girls division have 10-12 campers and 1 counselor.
  • Senior Boys (4th – 7th grade): Groups in the Senior division have 15-20 campers with 2 counselors.
  • Senior Girls (4th – 7th grade): Groups in the Senior division have 15-20 campers with 2 counselors.
  • SKOR Camp (1st – 7th grade): These campers have a counselor with a maximum of a 1:3 ratio.

The groups are determined by age, gender, and the grade they are entering in Fall 2023. We will do our best when grouping, but it is extremely important that we have grade and friend request at time of registration due to the number of campers in the program.

Specialty Camps– Specialty camp options are made up of campers going into 4-7th grade.

  • Esports Camp (Session 1-4) is a group of up to 10 campers and is co-ed.
  • Dance & Cheer camp (Session 1 only) is a group of 15 campers, primarily girls.
  • Travel Sports Sampler camp (Session 2 only) has between 30-35 campers and is co-ed (although primarily boys).
  • Travel Basketball camp (Session 3 only) has between 30-35 campers and is co-ed (although primarily boys).
  • Travel Bowling and Soccer camp (Session 4 only) has between 30-35 campers and is co-ed (although primarily boys).

Leader in Training Teen Travel Camp is for campers going into 8th-10th grade and is co-ed.


  • Friend requests can only be submitted for the Day Camp (1st-7th grade/6-12-year-old).
  • If you would like your child grouped with a friend, you can make that request at the time of registration.
  • You must provide the friend’s first and last name. Without a full name, the request cannot be honored.
  • For consistency and staff ratio purposes, requests are limited to one friend for the summer – not one per session.
  • Please remember a request is not a guarantee.
  • All Day Camp groups are separated by age and gender, making it impossible to place a boy and girl in the same group, or children of different ages.
  • No friend requests will be accommodated for Vacation Camps due to limited number of groups.
  • Remember, camp is a great opportunity for children to meet and make new friends!

Policies are as follows:

  • Balances are refundable, until June 1.
  • The $100 deposit per session per camper is non-refundable/non-transferable.
  • Cancellations must be sent via email to Laurie Stepper, Camp and Program Director, at LaurieS@lhymca.com on or before June 1.
  • After June 1, no refunds will be issued.
  • We do not give refunds for any COVID-related absences.
  • Other medical exceptions will be considered with a doctor’s note submitted via email to Camp@lhymca.com within 5 days of camper’s absence.
  • AM/Express/PM Supervision – any additions due May 1

    • If you would like to add AM/Express/PM Supervision, please email Laurie Stepper, lauries@lhyma.com, by May 1. We are unable to add these services after May 1. We can cancel AM/Express/PM Supervision up until June 1, but cannot add after May 1. All requests must be via email.
  • Lunch – any additions due May 1

    • If you would like to add lunch, please email Laurie Stepper, lauries@lhyma.com, by May 1. We are unable to add these services after May 1. We can cancel lunch up to 10 days prior to the start of the session. All requests must be via email.

Behavior Policy:

The Summer Day Camp staff is trained to deal with children in a positive manner that builds self-esteem.  However, sometimes it does become necessary to correct a child’s behavior when that behavior is inappropriate and/or challenging. Counselors will try positively to redirect a child’s behavior and, if necessary, will seek the assistance of the Behavior Team. If the inappropriate conduct issues continue, the parents will be notified, and further disciplinary action will be taken.

Behavior Specialist Team:

We will have a team of Behavior Specialists on staff this summer.  They are responsible for effecting positive behavioral changes in campers; providing supportive intervention; complying with Federal & State policies and regulations.  This key aspect of working on the team is identifying needs and being responsible for creating a safe, stimulating and supporting environment for all campers in our care. Communication with parents regarding major incidents will be conducted by Administrative Staff.  Discussion will take place regarding an appropriate plan of action.

Zen Zone:

The Zen Zone is a place where campers can go during the day when they are having a rough moment to decompress and have a little bit of time away from their group.  This area will provide campers different sensory techniques to calm down including stress balls, sensory bottles, therapeutic games and toys, journals to write in, books, etc.  This space allows campers with learning activities to redirect unwanted behaviors.  This nurturing environment is designed to help campers succeed in building relationships and develop new skills for a positive camp experience.


Bullying is when one or more children continually target a child and their actions would know that the bully’s actions physically or emotionally harm the victim, damage their property or insult / demean the victim.

Camp Administration has a zero-tolerance policy pertaining to physical actions against others, stealing, bullying, and disrespect for staff and property. These actions are disruptive and result in negative experiences for everyone. The Camp Administrative Staff reserve the right to suspend or terminate a camper’s participation at any time for failure to adhere to the rules and values of camp.  Please understand that there will be no refunds given to children who are suspended or terminated for behavior issues. Behavior Specialist will provide behavior chart outline when needed.

MEDICATION: If your child needs to take any medication during camp hours, the medication must be delivered to the Health Office Administrator (who is certified in CPR / 1st Aid and AED for the Professional Rescuer) in the camp office. It must be in its original container with the appropriate label and instructions, have your child’s name on it, and have the appropriate amount of medication needed for the duration of the illness or for the duration of your child’s stay at camp. A Medication Consent Form must be completed prior to the first day of your camper’s session.

ASTHMA:  Campers are not permitted to keep asthma inhalers in their bags for safety reasons.  Other campers should not have access to that medication.  In addition, our certified staff need to document all medication dispensation according to state guidelines.

ALLERGIES: If your child suffers from severe allergies, diabetes, or any other debilitating condition, you must also fill out a Food Allergy Action Plan (signed by a doctor) for staff to follow in the event of an emergency (allergy sufferers must also provide an Epi-pen and Benadryl to the Office staff). Counselors are going to be advised to wristband all campers with food restrictions for Theme Days and Elective Time activities that involve food.

ILLNESS: If your child has a communicable disease, they may not return to camp without a doctor’s note. If your child becomes ill at camp, you will be notified immediately to pick up your child. The YMCA does not provide care for sick campers. Please understand that children may not return to camp until they are fever free for 48 hours.  The same holds true for children who have been vomiting or have diarrhea. In accordance with our State License, parents are to pick up their sick child or send an authorized person to pick up the sick child within 30 minutes of notification.

INJURY: If your child becomes injured at camp, you will be notified. All Camp Administrators are certified in CPR / 1st Aid and AED for the Professional Rescuer, as well as many additional staff located around the campgrounds. The Health Office Administrator will always be available in the camp office for first aid attention. Campers with serious injuries that require emergency medical attention will be transported to St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville unless otherwise specified by the Emergency Medical Team or indicated on your camper’s medical form. Parent will be notified.

We will continue to implement best practices learned to keep campers, parents, and staff safe and health. Campers and staff will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer in-between activities, before and after snacks and lunch. Shared equipment and frequently touched surfaced will be cleaned and disinfected often.

We follow New Jersey Department of Health and CDC Guidelines. However, we reserve the right to implement our own policies and procedures in the best interest of safety for all.

Campers who are exposed at home will be required to rapid test each day prior to coming to camp for 5 days post exposure. Photo of negative test must be emailed to camp@lhymca.com by 8:00AM each morning. Campers must show no symptoms and wear a mask for the 5 day duration.

We do not give refunds or partial credits for COVID-19 related absences.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness and appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The following list is not all the possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning you. Symptoms can include the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Runny Nose
  • Diarrhea

*Seek medical care immediately if someone has emergency warning signs of COVID-19 including:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Cough / Sneeze Etiquette

(Please review with your child)

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • If you have a persistent cough, your child may be asked to put on a facemask to protect others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Hand-washing / Hand Sanitizing

Washing hands often and at key times with soap and water or hand sanitizer is one of the most important steps you can take to get rid of germs and avoid spreading germs to those around you. We have touchless trough sinks as well as 4 outdoor hand washing stations in addition to our 8 hand sanitizing stations throughout camp. Campers will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer before each activity period to help prevent the spread of germs. In addition, each camp group will be scheduled for hand washing and bathroom breaks throughout the day.

What is the right way to wash your hands?

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.
  3. Scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the palms, backs, fingers, between your fingers, and under your nails. Keep scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice. 4. Rinse your hands under clean, running water.
  4. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

The proper way to apply hand sanitizer:

  1. Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of both hands, including between your fingers and up around your fingertips and nails.
  2. Rub hands together for 30 seconds to allow your hands to completely absorb the product and the hand sanitizer to completely dry.


HEAT: Summer camp program takes place outdoors.  However, a good portion of camp is shade covered from the trees, tents, and a pavilion.  We also provide water related afternoon activities to cool campers down (i.e., water slides, sprinklers, misting stations to cool off the air, etc.).

SUNSCREENAll groups have scheduled times for application.  We have hypoallergenic SPF 30 sunblock available for all campers for morning and afternoon application. We do encourage all parents to apply sunscreen to their campers before dropping them off in the morning. Sunscreen will not be applied on cloudy or rainy days.

HYDRATION STATIONS: Camp will have two separate chilled water filtration stations where campers can fill up water bottles as needed throughout the day.  We encourage each camper to bring a labeled (camper name and group number) water bottle each day. The filling stations will also have a water fountain component if a camper does not have a water bottle.


  • Two sports fields
  • Shaded Lower Picnic Area
  • Outdoor Picnic Pavilion with Water and Electricity
  • Blacktop area for Four-Square and Basketball
  • Playground
  • Archery Course
  • Parkour Course
  • Outdoor bathrooms, changing Rooms and shower area, separate from Membership for camper safety
  • Four outdoor handwashing stations
  • Large Event tents for extra shade and seating
  • GA-GA Pit with turf surface
  • Air-conditioned gymnasium
  • Onsite 6-lane indoor pool


We recommend that you pack your child additional healthy snacks (granola bars, crackers, apples, etc.), to have throughout the day.  We have a scheduled snack time twice per day.  You should also pack your camper a snack for post-supervision if they are in the aftercare program.


Lunch is not included but may be purchased at time of registration for $10/day. We contract caterers for our individually packaged lunch program.  You must have selected and purchased lunch or bring from home prior to the session starting.  Counselors are responsible for handing out camper lunches daily. Please understand that camp staff cannot force a child to eat.

Please understand that with the combination of weather and activities, it is very important that every camper eats throughout the day.  We do our best to select a variety of kid friendly choices for the campers, however, it is difficult to please 400 campers. Individual drinks are not included in the lunch program.

If there is a day that your camper will not be participating in the lunch program, they will need to bring a lunch to camp. An insulated lunch bag with an ice pack is recommended, as there are no refrigeration or microwave service available. PLEASE LABEL ALL ITEMS WITH NAME AND GROUP NUMBER. NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED.  Credits will not be given for days your camper does not participate in the lunch program.

After lunch, campers will follow recreational schedule and will rotation between will include table time, GA-GA, Blacktop, and Ice Cream. Campers must remain in their divisions during this time.


Ice cream is available each day during recreational lunch time (separate periods for each division). All ice cream served will be individually packaged. We do have a selection of non-diary options.

For this summer, each camp group has a unique schedule based around swim periods for the week.  Each schedule includes the following components: Hobby Time, Heroic Journey, Division Time, Big Fun Time (BFT), Group Time, and Foodie Fridays, as well as a snack time.

HEROIC JOURNEY (Social Emotional Learning Time):

With popular superhero and movie characters and stories, teaching social emotional learning and bullying prevention in ways that children and teens find relatable.


A 15-minute period each day will be allotted where campers can sit, rest, and enjoy a snack from home. Please follow healthy guidelines. No candy please.


Campers will be given a fun treat in the afternoon on Fridays.  They will be distributed by the Activity Leaders and the camp director.


Currently, children have a choice of activities to participate in an assigned area each day.  This division time gives campers an opportunity to be with campers from other groups (within their own division or neighborhood) as well as other staff.

The activity areas are as follows:

  • Field Games – Field 1
  • Games – Gymnasium
  • Board Games & Card Games – Camp Sites
  • GA-GA, Blacktop, & Water Activities – Blacktop
  • Arts & Crafts – Camp Sites

BFT (Big Fun Time):

Each day Activity Leaders will run an entertaining and exciting large group activity. This time will showcase the cool and silly personalities of the staff while engaging the campers in some group fun!


During Hobby Time, campers get to choose which planned activities they would like to participate in. Each activity is facilitated by counselors and vary from arts and crafts, field games, gym games, cards/board games, chill out, and 2/4 square, Gaga, 9-square and more.


The summer aquatic program is intended to give campers a balance of instructional and recreational swimming. There are two instructional swim periods per week with the last 5 minutes of the period being recreational.  All children will be evaluated the first day of each session for safety. They will be asked to demonstrate their abilities by swimming one length of the pool. Those not able to swim the length safely and without struggling or stopping will be given a bubble device to wear requiring them to stay in the shallow end of the pool. The other children will be placed according to their ability and relative size.  There are no swim evaluations given at the end of the summer, because the lessons do not follow the set progression that our year-round swim lesson follow.  Questions specific to swimming lessons and swim groups should be directed to the Aquatic Director, Ed Soder.  He can be reached at 973-507-7022 or via email at Eds@lhymca.com

Those children with shoulder length hair or longer will be required to pull hair back in a ponytail. All children must shower before swimming. All children who are not swimming must go to the pool balcony during their swim time. Please understand that we do not force any campers to swim. Some groups will have swim time during elective time. During these swim periods, campers are given a choice between elective and swim.

Of course, if you would like your camper to swim, please send a note to the counselor communicating your request and we will try our best to motivate your camper to participate.


Parents and Guardians who wish to have their child picked up prior to dismissal must call 973-507-7047 or email camp@lhymca.com the camp office before 1pm on the day of pick up.  Parents MUST remain in their vehicles. The Camp Office Administrator will call to the camper’s group and have the staff collect their belongings and have them waiting at the camp office for a quick and easy pick-up. For security reasons, there will be a 15-minute Blackout time from 3:30PM-3:45PM where we will not release campers for pick-up. This is a busy time getting cleaned-up and ready for pick-up. We ask that you do not arrive before 3:45PM to help our staff avoid back up traffic issues.

Please be aware that children will be kept outside through light rain/drizzle. Campers will only be moved inside when rain is heavy, or thunder and lightning are present.  The campers will rotate throughout the YMCA building, pavilion, and tent areas.


Lost and found is located next to the storage PODS. This area will be organized by the type of item lost in labeled bins. Due to the large number of campers and the volume of items that are found not labeled, lost items are only kept for one week. Parents will need to check the lost and found; children will not be able to go through the lost and found. Labeling all your campers’ personal items with name and group number will help us in being able to distribute such items directly to groups and not to the lost and found area.  Please do not send new/expensive items, especially towels to camp.  Any items not claimed from Lost and Found each Friday, will be discarded by 6:00PM


Cell phones are strictly prohibited at camp for the safety and security of the campers. Cell phones that are found will be confiscated from the camper and brought to the camp office.  Parents may pick them up from the camp office at pick up.

  • 1st Offense:      Verbal Warning
  • 2nd Offense:     Camper will be suspended for one day following the incident.
  • 3rd Offense:     The camper will be terminated from the program. NO EXCEPTIONS. No refunds for missed time.


We recommend that all campers bring a backpack to camp every day to keep his/her belongings together. Please check your camper’s backpack every evening to ensure that no one else’s belongings accidentally ended up in your camper’s backpack.  If this did happen, please return lost items to the camp office the next day.

Please understand that if any camper is found going through another camper’s backpack the consequences will be as follows:

  • 1st offense – verbal warning.
  • 2nd offense – one day suspension from the camp program.
  • 3rd offense – termination from the camp program with no refund for missed time.


When allowing your child to participate in the YMCA, the following policies must be followed:

  1. Your camper is a child who can and will participate fully in the program and is in good physical condition, unless otherwise communicated to the Camp Director in writing.
  2. No reduction in cost can be made for late arrivals, early departures, or days missed. We cannot split the sessions.
  3. It is agreed that the camper will cooperate and accept camp guidance in standards of behavior. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in suspension or dismissal with no refund.
  4. Day Camp activities/themes may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Camp Administrators.
  5. Rules for acceptance and participation in the program of the YMCA are the same for everyone regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, or gender identity.
  6. For the security and safety of all children, no person may enter the campgrounds unless accompanied by an Administrative Staff member. You will need to report to the camp office before entering the grounds.
  7. The YMCA is not responsible for personal items brought to camp should they be misplaced or damaged. Parents who allow campers to bring items from home do so at their own risk.
  8. It is the responsibility of each camper to remember to bring his or her bathing suit, towel, and backpack etc., home each day. While staff members will encourage campers to keep their belongings together in an orderly fashion, they will not be held responsible for items that do not make it home each day.


When registering for camp, the following payment policies must be honored:

    1. A $100 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required at the time of registration for enrollment per session per child.
    2. Letter for tax purposes will be mailed in January 2023. The YMCA tax ID number is 22-155-9438.
    3. Refunds will not be given if a discipline problem arises. Credits will not be given for camper absences.
    4. Camp payments may be mailed to the YMCA or paid on the website. If you would like to personally deliver your payment, you can do so at the Member Services Desk during normal business hours.
    5. All requests for changes in camp type or session must be done in writing and addressed to the Camp Director and will be handled based on availability. After June 1, please send camp change emails to camp@lhymca.com